16 January 2012

Miscellaneous Musings on Monday

Hopefully you all had a fabulous weekend and are refreshed and ready to face what is likely to be your second week back at a "normal" school schedule. I don't know about you, but I had a hard time doing the juggling act last week after so much time off. I bombed lunch more often than I didn't!

But that is neither here nor there.

On to the links!
  • Cindy has been on a roll! Last week, she wrote so many posts worth reading, my biggest recommendation is to head over to her blog and subscribe, if you haven't already. As I have said before, if you can only subscribe to a single blog, I suggest hers. Here are a few faves, though:
    • The Problem of Pleasure
      Ravi says that all pleasure must be bought at the price of pain. This does not mean that pleasure in itself is evil, only that it must be paid for. Virtuous pleasure is paid for ahead of time. Work hard, sweat through an uphill battle, and you get to enjoy a little leisure, maybe a movie or murder mystery. When we indulge in pleasure before we have earned it, we are moving toward meaninglessness.
    • Towards a Defense of Charlotte Mason {if you can only read one, read this one!}
      And then classical education became popular. With that popularity came all kinds of confusion. Definitions abounded. Dorothy Sayers’s inspiring, off-the-cuff essay, The Lost Tools of Learning, was trotted out and whole catalogs built around random sentences from her essay began to appear. In fact, many people looked at classical education as merely a push to return back-to-basics. To some, classical education literally meant “really hard” and to others it meant memorizing information as ‘poll parrots‘.
    • Teaching from a Place of Stress
      Often the questions young moms bring to me baffle me. Usually it goes something like this. First they ask a question about writing or phonics or math or science. Then I begin to answer it. Then I stop and ask them how old their child is and then they say something like 3 or 6. And I just smile and say, "Really, you want to waste time teaching spelling to a 6 year old?"
  • Do you collect books? I do! Which is why I found this post over at Dewey's Treehouse to be fascinating: Why there weren't enough children's books...and why there aren't enough children's books.
  • I once read that when Rome fell, the people who remained went back to the land. It looks like the Greeks are following suit: With Work Scarce in Athens, Greeks Go Back to the Land.
  • If you are like me, making homemade chicken broth comes easily enough. Beef stock--or lamp, for that matter--is another story. I tried doing what I had done previously with chicken, which is to say covering the bones with water and simmering for hours and hours. But what resulted isn't what I would call actual, usable stock. I'm happy for this advice: Real Food 101: How to Make Beef Stock and also Bone Broth Questions. The key seems to be roasting the bones first!
  • The Jesus-hates-religion fallacy has recently gone viral. I'm sure you've noticed it out there on Facebook or whatever. I've already written in this issue, but today I bring you a rebuttal from The Gospel-Drive Church that is well done.
  • Can the church really hire and fire as she pleases? This was the question up for discussion in the United States Supreme Court this past week. Thanks be to God! The Court decided unanimously that the government may not infringe upon the church's right to govern herself! Because of the nature of the case, this decision also reaffirms the rights of Christian schools to self-govern and hire and fire based upon criteria such as morality and theological beliefs.
That's all for today. Any of you have any links to share with the rest of us?


  1. Thanks for the link on beef broth. A couple months ago I tried just saving the bones of steaks I'd used for dinners (some grilled, some raw) and tossed them in a crockpot just like I do with chicken. It was ok, as far as using as a base for soups with more stuff added in, but it wasn't great. We got a half a cow this summer, and I got "soup bones." They are probably what she refers to as "meaty bones" rather than "marrow bones." Would "marrow bones" be the "dog bones," do you think? Also, I only got about 5 packs of soup bones with my half, and I use them for bean soups, just tossed in the crockpot with black beans. We love that meal so much that I am reluctant to use them for broth. I typically don't use beef broth anyway. Do you think it's the same "bone broth" health benefits cooking beans with soup bones?

  2. If you want to consume the marrow bones, you can google and get ideas. Roasted marrow bones are an option. This is supposed to be very healing for someone recovering from a major illness or bone injury, for instance. I've noticed mention of human consumption of marrow bones in older British literature, so I think there is a precedent for sucking out the marrow and giving the dogs the actual bone part, minus the marrow.

    I really think that putting a bone in beans is close to equal, especially when it comes to beef bones. I don't have evidence for that beyond my observation that this is the more traditional way of using beef bones in old recipes, versus birds were almost always boiled into stock.

    I don't use a ton of beef broth, either, but I have a few recipes that are really improved by it, so I would like to try my hand at making my own whenever I have bones around...

  3. A friend of mine made us some osso buca recently (a dish with veal marrow bones), and it was Amazingly Delicious. Marrow is very nutritious--dense in calories, protein and fat--and, as I learned, *can* be quite tasty. I've also heard it has anti-inflammatory properties, but can't remember where I read that.

    Sorry, I just couldn't restrain myself from commenting on the dog bone comment though. The marrow bones would probably be sold as "dog" bones from a cow purchase, but please don't give them to a dog.

    Dogs can break or crack their teeth, or even fracture a jaw from trying to chew on beef bones. I feed our dogs raw (meat and bones), so I'm all for giving bones to them. Uncooked lamb, goat, pork, chicken, etc. bones are fine for most any pooch (don't ever feed a dog a cooked bone, those can splinter and cause all kinds of digestive issues including perforation), but weight-bearing bones from an animal the size of a cow can do serious damage to them. If you feed marrow bones at all to a dog, it should be only uncooked, and the dog should just be allowed to lick the marrow out and not chomp on the bone, and then take it away.

  4. Rahime -- that's interesting on the dog bone topic, thanks. When we purchased our half cow from the butcher, they asked if we wanted "soup bones" (I said yes) and if we wanted "dog bones" (I said no; we don't have a dog). I have never heard of "marrow bones" before reading this article, but I guess they might be what the butcher was offering as dog bones.

    Cute new picture, Brandy!


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